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Reduce waste: buy in bulk

When it comes to plastics the numbers are pretty alarming. According to Plastics New Zealand, around 252,000 tonnes of plastic waste goes to our landfills every year.

Buying everyday household products in bulk  is one way to help reduce the amount of plastic going to landfills and even though the up-front cost is more, it can also help you save a few dollars.

Having a couple of funnels makes the job of refilling a lot easier - you can find them in most plastics or hardware shops as well as some second hand shops.

It’s good to have smaller bottles or containers to refill into as the bulk sizes tend to be too heavy for regular use and you can easily end up wasting some of the product by accidentally using too much.

Make sure the containers that you’re refilling have the correct labels with ingredient and dosage information as well as any safety precautions. It’s important to keep your cleaning products away from children but if they do come into contact with any of your cleaners then it’s vital that the bottles have the correct labels.

If you have any other useful tips to help others who are thinking about buying in bulk then we’d love to hear them.


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    Hi Chelsea, which area are you in?
    By Melanie Rands on Tue January 17, 2017
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    I would like to refill my chosen products straight into the bottle I have already bought instead of having to buy yet another plastic bottle, albeit a bulk one. Is there any place that offers this service?
    By Chelsea Prastiti on Thu December 29, 2016
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    I buy everything in bulk and keep the large containers in the laundry and decanting is a breeze once you get the hang of it. I only wish you could buy the shampoo in 5 litre containers and bubble bath in bulk too! I buy the dishwasher powder in bulk and I've found reaching into the tub for a small scoop of powder is as easy as using a bottle and you tend not to overpour!
    By Louise on Thu July 19, 2012
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    Morning Hads, yes we have quite a few products available in bulk sizes, including our laundry powder (5kg) and liquid, (up to 20L) dishwashing liquid, (up to 20L) bodywash and handwash (up to 5L)
    By Melanie on Wed May 16, 2012
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    Are ecostore products available in bulk?
    By hads on Wed May 16, 2012

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